Aiguillette des Houches

Autumn 2018

As we wait for the first real snow fall in Chamonix it's nice to keep training and preparing for winter with hikes and climbs around the valley. I'm not quite ready for skiing yet, still working on strength training on my knee. It's getting close though...   You can see more of Alan Pine's photos … Continue reading Autumn 2018

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Bel Oiseau

Ski touring in November is always a win. For us young ones, consistent skiing in November hasn't really been a feature in our winter seasons so anything we do ski is always a bonus. With no lifts running until December, we had no choice but to continue our fine November ski touring tradition involving cold, … Continue reading Bel Oiseau

olly alkema skiing

North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

les courtes north east

Les Courtes: North east face

Fergus and I headed into the Argentiere basin at a leisurely pace with no real plan and ended up on les Courtes' north east slope, an 800m long classic steep line that sits at just over 45°.   After a bit of faff on my part at the bottom (I let my ski slip down … Continue reading Les Courtes: North east face

grand envers vallee blanche

Powder is back on Aiguille du Midi

A quick lap of the most challenging of the variations of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - Grand Envers du Plan. Fresh 30cm of snow on the first two pitches. Summer in the valley.

Rifugio Elisabetta

Miage Glacier adventure

Björn, Martin and I drove through to Italy yesterday around midday. The idea was to go for a relaxed approach to Rifugio Elisabetta, stay overnight then aim for the much desired north east couloir (Bonatti) on Petite Mont Blanc the following morning. (Plan A) The Bonatti is a beautiful, 1000m long couloir on the Italian side … Continue reading Miage Glacier adventure